Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Poliça w/ Night Moves @ Casbah- 04.18.13
'Holy shit that sounds good!'
After ten+ years in SD and countless shows at the Casbah, I can honestly say I've never heard those words uttered by someone on stage. Partway through an absolutely searing set from Minneapolis-based four piece Poliça, lead singer Channy Leaneagh said what was on everyone's mind as the packed house rocked out to the indie-electro rock stylings of yet another band making their way through town between consecutive weekend appearances at Coachella. More words and photos after the jump.
After a short and sweet set from fellow Minneapolitans (?) Night Moves, twin bill headliners Poliça settled on stage in front of the eagerly awaiting crowd. Though I didn't arrive to the festival early enough to check out their set the previous weekend, I had checked out the youtube broadcast of their Coachella performance the night before and was blown away- in listening to their 2012 debut album Give You The Ghost, the music they make sounds distinctively more machine- than man-made. It is pretty rare to encounter a band featuring the double barreled attack of two drummers and duo Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson may well be the standard bearers. With the assistance of some heavy duty headphones, the pair works with amazing tenacity, alternating between beat-for-beat precision and drum machine-like cadence while bassist Chris Bierden reinforces the rhythm with precise bass lines. Leaneagh's voice, aided by a distinct measure of auto-tune and accompanied by her constant movement from one side of the stage to the other, brings everything together. As much as I was kicking myself for missing their set a few days prior, the intimate atmosphere of the Casbah provided an ideal setting for one of the best shows of the year and left everyone thinking exactly what Channy was saying.
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Posted by Nate Vandermeulen at Tuesday, April 30, 2013